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Today, you will need: Your notebooks Your text books

Quick Quiz!

1. What is Mr. Kapasi’s two professions?

2. What is the difference between a flat character and a stock character?

3. Describe one believable and one unbelievable type of dynamic character change.

4. What is the primary conflict of “Everyday Use”?

Check Your Notes!

Direct Characterization

: When the character is described by the narrator or by another character

Indirect Characterization

: When the character is revealed through the actions and words, and thoughts of the character. Also through how other characters relate to or act with that character.

Three Principles of Characterization

: 1. Consistent in behavior 2. Words and actions must spring from motivations 3. plausible (believable… lifelike)

Flat Character

: one or two dimensional- summed up in a sentence or two

Round Character

: complex and many sided

Stock Character

: stereotyped

Static Character:

doesn’t change

Dynamic Character

: changes over the course of the story


: moment of spiritual insight into life or his/her own circumstances “aha!” moment

Jigsaw Part I: 4 groups---Each Characterize a Different Character 1.

Set up a Cornell Note on your paper.


Write the Character’s Name and “Everyday Use” in the title A.




Dee/Wangero Maggie The Narrator/Mama Hakim al-Barber 3.

On the thin side, determine the correct label & write: 1.


Flat or Round Static or Dynamic.


One the other side, write words and phrases that show you that character fits that label.


Label the words/phrases as direct (DC) or indirect (IC) characterization

Jigsaw Pt 2: Sharing

1. On the bottom of your Cornell Page, write a summary of the Character. __(name)___ is (in)directly presented as a __(flat/round/stock), who (does/does not) change throughout the story, “Everyday Use”.

2. On a new page, set up Cornell Notes again, and then list the three characters your group did not discuss on the small side. 3. Tell the members of your group your house number, then organize yourselves as I tell you.

4. Take turns sharing your summary statement with your new groups, Writing down their summary & one reason WHY in the large section of your Cornell Notes

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Let’s Discuss Titles!

Explicate these two titles: – – “Interpreter of Maladies” “Everyday Use” Remember to look for: – – – – – Literal meaning Figurative meaning How it fits the structure of the story Diction/Style Character Reference Come up with a statement about each title.

Read “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield (pp 174-178). Describe the characterization of the people in the story.


Do Now:

Does a character in a story have to be a person?

Assignment: Character Analysis Essay

Oct 02, 11:59 pm on Turnitin.com

Due: In this essay, you will choose a character from one of the short stories we have read to analyze. Your analysis must: – explain how the character functions in the story – – include the important terms learned in the Characterization chapter of Perrine's. indicate what you think the central meaning of the story is and how that character contrib utes to it.

This is NOT an essay simply telling me what kind of character you have chosen, but more HOW the author chose to create the character in the story.

Think: What is the importance of the character to the story and how does the author use techniques such as direct vs indirect characterization? Why does the author choose to create the character as static vs dynamic?

Possible other “characters” in “Everyday Use”

The Quilt: • • • Are they Flat? Round? Stock?

• The House: • Are they directly or indirectly characterized?

• The Yard: • • • Are they Static?

Dynamic? Can they come to Epiphany?

Possible other “characters” in “Miss Brill”

Her fur: • • • Are they Flat? Round? Stock?

• The band/music • Are they directly or indirectly characterized?

• Slice of honeycake • • • Are they Static?

Dynamic? Can they come to Epiphany?


“But when she put the lid on she thought she heard something crying.”


Read Chpt. 4: Theme (pp 191-198)—We will discuss Wednesday & “Welding with Children” (198-211)---Thursday Select the story on which you will write your character analysis essay.